Google Tango Can Open Doors to Your Virtual Reality Ambitions

Google Tango (formerly named Project Tango in-testing) is an Augmented reality computing platform, developed and authored by Google. It uses computer vision to enable mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, to detect their position relative to the world around them without using GPS or other external signals. This allows mobile app developers to create user experiences that include indoor navigation, physical space measurement, 3D mapping, environmental recognition, augmented reality, and windows into a virtual world.

In the environment of app development, the Google Tango Project set a platform for the development of more applications based on Augmented Reality. Now a days people are so keen on virtual reality experiences and here is the reason why products like Oculus rift have become highly popular.Looking at the current trends, Google’s new offering Project Tango presents them a huge reason to rejoice and be excited.Both virtual reality and augmented reality have a wide array of users in present times. VR headsets such as HTC Viva and Oculus are quite popular these days.These devices basically enable a person to have a fantastic virtual world experience with a limitation of being connected to external technology. With the help of mobile app development and the technological advancements, many apps are ferociously competing in the market based on the latter cited example. For Oculus connection has to be established between the PC and the headset and HTC viva necessitates lighthouse base stations in order to scan a given area. So, as a matter of fact, there is a limited area where you can use the technology.

With Google Tango, all such issues have been resolved as it encompasses uses of built- in sensors. These sensors are put in the laser arrays, cameras and other devices so that user gets a superb experience without any kind of constraint. So it can be carried at any desired location without any space issue as it automatically reads the environment where it is placed. Isn’t this simply fantastic?

Let‘s find out the detailed study of the virtual reality and augmented reality development.

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Tango is Google’s augmented reality platform which was introduced in 2014.

This platform is primarily for Android tablets as well as smartphones. Tango makes use of depth as well as color cameras of your device and accordingly reconstructs environment around you. This connotes that Tango device can be carried at the place pining for.

The best-cited example is Google Maps that has undoubtedly changed the way we navigate outdoors. Now Google with its Project Tango is planning to do something more ambitious.It will revolutionize the way how you look at indoor locations as well as other physical spaces. It goes beyond systems of 2-D mapping and encompasses the creation of 3-D imagery, Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR).

Tango, as a matter of fact, make use of computer vision to digitally recreate outside world. There is a wide array of uses for which you can make use of the Tango-enabled devices.

The Project Tango technology lends to a mobile device, the capacity to navigate through the physical world in a human manner. It ropes in an innovative type of spatial perception to the Android device platform which is executed by introducing elements such as advanced computer vision, special vision sensors and image processing.

There are multiple Tango-enabled devices available in the market such as smartphones, tablets, etc. Now, these devices can easily be used so as to capture the dimensions of physical space for the creation of 3-D representations of the real world.

With the help of Tango’s technology, you can create imagery layers in real-world indoor spaces. Apart from this, developers can make use of Tango technology to build up Virtual Reality experiences as per real-world objects as well as locations. Several applications have been designed by making use of Tango technology.

Tango is mainly used in Augmented Reality advertising, content and in-store virtual signage. It’s a convincing technology. Nevertheless, if you desire an AR experience, everything has to be observed via the camera lens and screen of your mobile gadget which is a huge challenge for Augmented Reality, but then here the use of Google Glass 2.0 is very well explained. It enables access to Augmented Reality layers via your traditional-looking eyeglasses.

Various application areas of Google Tango

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Scanning as well as subsequent reconstruction of the 3D models: By simply moving tablet phone around a regular statue you will be able to reconstruct its model and then the same can be used in a virtual reality world which you are planning to design.

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This is the prime application area of Google Tango after reconstructing your surrounding environment, place various virtual objects inside it. You can interact with these virtual objects freely. With Tango smartphones you can offer the facility of positional tracking for the people you want; in addition, you will be able to create maps of the surrounding area in order to avoid any upcoming obstacles The first smartphone which supports Tango is available in the market and is called as Lenovo Phab 2 Pro. 

This smartphone is an outcome of a partnership between Lenovo and Google which enables you to experience highly cool concepts in augmented reality. Talking about its price, it is available at a price of $499.99 and is far less when compared with equivalent smartphones needed for GearVR or Daydream platforms. The excitement of virtual reality began way back when Nintendo’s Virtual Boy launched in the market and is now touching new levels. The quality of VR and AR experiences have become very high. In the past, VR was criticized for isolating people. But with innovative use of VR, things are becoming easier.


Editorial Staff at Techlofy is a team of Digital Marketing experts led by Ashfaq Ahmad.

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